It may be the most famous piece of Christmas fiction ever written. It's even been credited with inventing our modern concept of Christmas.
Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" remains a popular part of the Christmas season for children and adults, and it's re-created on stages all over the country every year.
One of the first Bradenton-area stagings opens this weekend at the Powel Crosley Estate in Manatee County.
The adaptation of he Dickens classic is just one of four pieces in an evening billed as "Dickens at the Crosley."
The others are adaptations of "The Gentle Giant" by Oscar Wilde,"The Night Before Christmas" by Clement C. Moore, and "The True History of the Hare and the Tortoise" by Lord Dunsany.
The Wilde piece is an stage adaptation of one of Wilde's few short stories, sometimes called "The Angry Giant." "The Night Before Christmas" is based on the classic seasonal poem and "The True History of the Hare and the Tortoise" is Dunsany's take on the fable.
The Crosley production has actors playing Powel and Gwendolyn Crosley, who in turn portray characters in the classic stories.
Details: Dec. 8-21, Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Show times: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Dec. 11-13, 18 and 20. Tickets: $15-$25 plus service charge. Information: 941-722-3244, bradentongulfislands.com/crosley-theater.
-- Marty Clear